Skip to comments.'Very large' fish kill reported in bay
Posted on 01/05/2011 1:05:33 AM PST by Pinkbell
State officials say they are investigating a "very large" fish kill in the Chesapeake Bay, but suspect cold temperatures killed them, rather than any water-quality problems.
An estimated 2 million fish have been reported dead from the Bay Bridge south to Tangier Sound, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment, which investigates fish kills. The dead fish are primarily adult spot, with some juvenile croakers.
Agency spokeswoman Dawn Stoltzfus said bay water quality appears acceptable, and biologists believe "cold-water stress" the likely cause of the fish kill. Spot are susceptible to colder water, she said, and normally leave the upper bay by now. Water temperatures plummeted in late December to near-record lows for that time of year, about 36 degrees. The average air temperature last month was 32.4 degrees, 4.3 degrees below normal, and reached 16 degrees at its lowest, according to the National Weather Service.
Large winter kills of spot have been documented at least twice before, the MDE spokeswoman said, with about 15 million dying in early 1976 and a smaller number in 1980. Anyone wanting to report seeing dead fish can call 1-800-MDE-GOTO.
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So, to clarify, we have:
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I’m thinking suicide.
Just your every day Fortean occurances.
I’m waiting for the rain of Frogs next.
Consider that come time to eat all they think is “oh no, fish again!”
Not many lifestyles that suck as much as being a fish that can’t tolerate cold water. Therapy bills must be enormous.
Please note - We have a major Arctic Blast coming after the weekend. Situation may escalate up another order of magnitude. Florida is supposed to be spared this next major cold blast, but water around Florida is already colder then normal. Texas and Louisiana are gonna get hit hard according to Accuweather forecasts.
My tributary off the Middle Bay (Balls Creek) has been frozen over for more than a month. It’s never stayed that way before in the 15 years we’ve been there. Blobal warming, indeed.
“The dead fish are primarily adult spot, with some juvenile croakers”
Sounds like they were all croakers.
Swamp gas caused by global warm-cooling.
Nothing to see here.
Mere coincidences, utterly unrelated.
Either get out of my head or start paying rent.
Thank you. I needed a laugh. I think I pulled something laughing.